Large Animal Veterinarian

Nikki Higdon

What does a large animal veterinarian do?

A large animal veterinarian manages the health and medical need of animals such as goats, horses, pigs, and cattle. They give checkups, heal wounded animals, help the sick ones, perform surgeries, and help in births. They usually go to the homes of their clients, are required to work long weeks, and are often on call during weekend and holidays.

How much money does a large animal veterinarian make?

In 2009, the median income of food animal exclusive veterinarians before taxes was $103,000, according to the AVMA.

What level of education is required to become a large animal veterinarian?

They must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE).

Where are jobs available?

Fortunately, there are many places in the United States that a large animal veterinarian can work. However, there are more work opportunities in rural areas where more livestock, equine, and cattle are found.